Durability and service life of wood structures and components - State of the art

Hannu Viitanen, Tomi Toratti, Ruut Peuhkuri, Tuomo Ojanen, Lasse Makkonen

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    Abstract

    For wood material, moisture stress and biological factors like mould and decay fungi are often critical, especially in cladding and decking structures in exterior use conditions. In the future, the life time expectations and analyses of different building products will need more data on the durability of products, service life and resistance against mould and decay, not only data on wood material itself. The first step to evaluate the exposure conditions is the macroclimate conditions. The driving rains, moisture, temperature and also the solar radiation are the most important factors. The mould and decay models can be incorporated with climatic and building physic models to evaluate the effect of different exposure conditions on the durability and service life of wooden products. A basic method for service life evaluation is the factor method presented in the standards ISO 15686. For wooden components, the most important factors are wood material and coatings, design and execution of structure, exposure conditions of environment and maintenance of the wood structure and surface.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Workshop on Sustainability of constructions: Integrated approach to life-time structural engineering
    Place of PublicationTimisoara
    Pages15-27
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventSustainability of Constructions - Integrated approach to life-time structural engineering: COST C25 Workshop - Timisoara, Hungary
    Duration: 23 Oct 200924 Oct 2009

    Workshop

    WorkshopSustainability of Constructions - Integrated approach to life-time structural engineering
    CountryHungary
    CityTimisoara
    Period23/10/0924/10/09

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    Viitanen, H., Toratti, T., Peuhkuri, R., Ojanen, T., & Makkonen, L. (2009). Durability and service life of wood structures and components - State of the art. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Sustainability of constructions: Integrated approach to life-time structural engineering (pp. 15-27).